4th Annual International Police Judo Conference – Apr 28 & 29, 2021

This year due to COVID the Int’l Police Judo Conference will be an online 2-day conference from the Odd Squad Studios in Burnaby, BC

Dates: Wed, April 28 and Thu, 29, 2021
Time: 0800-1600 PT (both days)
Price options:
$200 (individual registrations)
$999 group rate (5-10 people)
Contact us for groups larger than 10.

Joining instructions and the Zoom link will be emailed to all participants on April 27th.



Special Thanks to Police Judo Supporters

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This Year’s Topics

  • The History of Police Judo
  • The Police Judo H-CUFF (Hands-On Control Using Functional Force) Method of Handcuffing
  • Why and How Vascular Neck Restraint Training Needs to Change
  • Coaching Adults for Physical Skills: Police Judo Training Basics
  • Police Judo Techniques for Confined Spaces
  • Police Judo Foot Sweeps
  • Integrating Police Judo: The VPD Experience
  • Coaching Adults for Firearms Training
  • Performance Goal Setting from Sport to Physical Skills Training
  • Video Driven Investigations of Police use of Force
  • Fail to Train for Use of Force – Accountability
  • Research Trends for Use of Force
  • How to Integrate Police Judo Training into Use of Force Training
  • Common Use of Force Fails
  • Eliminating the National Use of Force Framework (NUFF)?
  • Bridging the Gap: Why Physical Skills in Use of Force Police Training
  • Resiliency – A Personal Journey
  • Performance Goals for Use of Force Training
  • Investigative Failures in Policing



Who is this for? 

This Conference is for all Law Enforcement Officers including: Police, Force Options Trainers, Police Managers, Corrections, CBSA, Security, Special Municipal Constables, and Security Professionals

What to expect from this conference? 

  • Subject Matter Expert Presentations in Use of Force 
  • Video Footage on Police Judo Techniques for Law Enforcement
  • Theory and Learning on Police Judo Training
  • Physical Skills Training and Techniques
  • Current Research on Use of Force
  • Breakout Rooms with Moderators
  • Membership and Affiliation with the Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA)
  • International Connectivity for Advancing Physical Skills Training for Law Enforcement

Presenter Biographies and Topics

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Grant Fredericks, Forensic Video Expert/FBI Instructor

Grant Fredericks is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst and contract instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Grant specializes in the video examinations of Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents. As a consultant for Major Crime and Joint Forces Operations, Grant provides technical consulting for the nation’s most high-profile video-related cases. His work won the International Association of Chiefs of Police top award for Technical Advances in a Criminal Investigation. He has testified over 300 times in courts throughout the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and other parts of the world. He has consulted for the US Department of Justice, the IACP, and the National Institute of Justice. He is a co-author of Digital Video Systems Minimum Performance Specifications for Digital In-Car Video Recording Systems for US law enforcement. Grant is a former police officer and coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada.

Unmasking the Truth Behind Video Driven Investigations of Police Use of Force
The most prolific source of evidence used against police comes from video images. But digital video is not always what it appears to be. This visually dynamic presentation demonstrates that video evidence is often misinterpreted, especially in force investigations. With body-worn cameras, in-car video, and social media technologies, most police Use of Force events are recorded, but are the images accurate? Attendees will discover that video is not the “silent witness that speaks for itself”. Rather, video is more often weaponized against police. This presentation explores visual investigation techniques to protect officers from falling victim to video misinterpretation.

Dr. Kim Rossmo, University of Texas, School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Kim Rossmo is the University Endowed Chair in Criminology and the Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. He was formerly a management consultant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Director of Research for the Police Foundation national think tank in Washington, DC, and the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community. Dr. Rossmo is a member of the IACP Advisory Committee for Police Investigative Operations, an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a former chair and commissioner of the Austin Public Safety Commission. He has researched and published in the areas of environmental criminology, the geography of crime, and criminal investigations, and has authored over 120 publications, including three books. He sits on several editorial boards and is a Full Fellow of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. Dr. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.

• Rush to Judgment, Slow to Truth: Investigative Failures
• Academic Partnerships

D. Kim Rossmo
School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Texas State University

Criminal investigative failures have serious consequences, ranging from wrongful convictions to unsolved crimes to loss of police legitimacy. Personal, organizational, and situational factors are contributors, but a major underlying problem is faulty investigative thinking. There are several traps even the best detectives may fall into; for example, a rush to judgment often leads to tunnel vision and confirmation bias, which then produces problems of poor thinking, illogic, misjudgments of witness reliability, and flawed evidence assessments. Investigators need to be aware of these risks, and the attendant dangers of probability errors (coincidence) and organizational pitfalls (groupthink). Like cascading troubles in airplane crashes, an investigative failure often has more than one contributing cause. Awareness of these “subtle hazards” can help improve the police investigative process. Various case studies are used to illustrate key points and suggest ideas for minimizing the risk of error. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the benefits and challenges of police-academic partnerships.

Dr. Garth Davies, SFU School of Criminology

Dr. Garth Davies is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is the Associate Director of the Institute of Violence, Terrorism, and Security at SFU. Dr. Davies has been involved with numerous policing-based research projects and is the author or co-author of dozens of reports and articles related to policing and public safety. His previous work has focused on policing disorderly crowds and riots. At present, he is working on a multi-year analysis of police use of force. He has also presented at briefings for the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (“E” Division), the Canadian Security Intelligence Services, and Public Safety Canada, and has testified on national security issues in front of both the Canadian Parliament, as well as the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense.

De-Escalation is not a panacea: On the shortcomings of proposed alternatives to the NUFF
In June 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé published a report titled “A Matter of Life and Death: Investigation into the direction provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) to Ontario’s police services for de-escalation of conflict situations.” The report, prompted by the July 2013 killing of Sammy Yatim by a member of the Toronto Police Service, focused on a) the need to better utilize de-escalation techniques; and b) the development of a new use of force model that “is easy to understand and centrally identifies de-escalation techniques as a first option response whenever possible.” Subsequently, the call to replace the National Use of Force Framework (NUFF) has gained momentum. Unfortunately, much of the narrative surrounding use of force and the NUFF has been biased and has failed to properly frame the issue. Drawing on interviews with recognized use of force experts, this presentation argues that we should not be so quick to discard the NUFF.

Dr. Rick Parent, SFU School of Criminology

Dr. Rick Parent is a 30 year veteran of the Delta Police Department. While serving as a police officer he examined the issue of police use of deadly force and the phenomenon of Victim Precipitated Homicide, also known as Suicide by Cop. His dissertation, entitled “Aspects of Police Use of Deadly Force in North America: The Phenomenon of Victim Precipitated Homicide” was for a Doctoral degree in Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Parent has been qualified in US and Canadian courts as an expert in police shootings and in matters related to police use of deadly force. Dr. Parent served as an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology – Police Studies from September 2008 until retiring in December 2019.

Dr. Parent is also a subject-matter expert in the area of police ethics and accountability. He is the author of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) course entitled: “Police Ethics and Accountability” and the co-author of the textbook “Ethics and Canadian Law Enforcement” (2018). He is also the co-author of the textbook “Community-Based Strategic Policing in Canada” (2019), as well as numerous publications.

Vascular Neck Restraint: Time for a Change?

Kwesi Millington, Former RCMP Officer, Resilience Coach

Kwesi Millington is a former RCMP police officer, who has overcome struggles professionally as well as personally dealing with PTSD and Depression. He now teaches first responders and high-stress organizations how to avoid burnout, build mental health and cultivate resilience in their lives.

Rules From the Road: The Reality and the Need for Resilience

Ret. Sgt. Joel Johnston, Joel Johnston Consulting Inc.

Joel is a retired 28-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department with a background in Patrol, Foot Patrol, Crowd Control and Traffic Enforcement. He spent 20 years specializing in Force-related training & program development, and Emergency Response (ERT). He served 9 years as Use of Force Coordinator, 5 years as operational Squad Leader of one of four full time ERT (SWAT) squads and 2 years as the Training Coordinator for ERT. He was seconded to the BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General as Provincial Use of Force and Municipal Emergency Response Teams (SWAT) Coordinator from 2005 – 2011. He has been retained in 74 use of force cases, and given testimony across Canada to all levels of Courts, Hearings, Inquests and Inquiries.

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework
Ret. Sgt. Joel Johnston will breakdown how the National Use of Force Framework works and provide some suggestions on enhancing the model that has been relied on coast-to-coast in Canada for explaining and educating the public and courts on use of force by law enforcement.

Ret. Insp. Chris Butler, Calgary Police Service

Chris Butler retired as an Inspector after 34 years in law enforcement.

Prior to joining the Calgary Police Service, Chris was a Search and Rescue Technician for six years responsible for conducting high angle mountain rescue, swift water rescue and avalanche rescue. During this time Chris was involved in developing and delivering training for Search and Rescue Technicians which began his interest in human factors, human error, decision making and motor learning principles. After joining the Calgary Police Service, Chris became a full-time instructor in the academy teaching both recruits and in-service police officers the ‘professional use of violence’ through instruction in a variety of physical use of force techniques as well as combat firearms instruction. For the last several years of his career, Chris developed and instructed the updated Incident Command training to sergeants, staff sergeants and Inspectors.

Chris has an extensive background in law enforcement use of force and has been certified as an instructor or instructor trainer in numerous incident command, firearms, combatives, less lethal/chemical agents and emergency vehicle operation disciplines. In addition, Chris has training in special event risk management and close personal protection. Chris is currently a National Trainer for NLETC. Having worked with law enforcement trainers municipally, provincially and federally, Chris’s ambition is to ensure training methods are based upon the most current science and research in human factors. Chris has made presentations at National and International law enforcement conferences and has been qualified at Provincial and Federal court as an expert in firearms safety, police firearms training, law enforcement use-of-force training and evaluation. Chris has testified over 30 times as a use of force expert in criminal matters pertaining to officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths in Canada.

Chris is currently the Director of Program Development for the Force Science Institute (FSI) and has been certified as a use of force investigator and advanced force science analyst and has instructed the ‘Biomechanics of Human Force Encounters’ workshop for FSI throughout Canada and the United States for the past ten years. Chris is also certified as a shooting incident reconstructionist through TriTech Forensics and the International Association for Identification.

Chris is the owner of Raptor Protection and Safety Services Inc. a company dedicated to the delivery of science-based, defendable and effective use public safety training.

Chris can be contacted at chris@raptorprotection.com

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework
Why alternative proposals on National Use of Force Framework aren’t all they are chalked up to be and the human factor components they missed.

Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault, Police Judo President

Al Arsenault served 27 years with the Vancouver Police Department with his final year spent walking the Skid Road beat as ‘Police Officer of the Year’. Al also co- created both Odd Squad and Police Judo to wide acclaim. He has lectured and taught seminars on topics related to these organizations (drugs, weapons, tactical communications, police use of force) in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China). Al is a life-long martial artist with extensive street policing experience, as well as in undercover and surveillance work. Control tactics has been one of his specialties along with non-firearm prohibited weapons and street weapons. He is the author of the popular martial arts book Chin Na in Ground Fighting (2003) and the soon-to-be-published Comprehensive Joint Locking Techniques for Law Enforcement (the first of a series of books on Police Judo).

Intro to the H-CUFF Method of Handcuffing
Learn the basics of “Hands-on Control Using Functional Force”, a novel system of handcuffing incorporating the Escort (Double-) Twistlock Grip, Fawcett Wrench Takedown, and the Cufflink Lock. This new solid system of handcuffing is full of practical and effective techniques (featuring the twistlock series of joint locks) that can supplement any handcuffing style.

Vascular Neck Restraint: Time for a Change?

Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton, Police Judo Director

Ret. Sgt. Hinton has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science from Simon Fraser University, and was a member of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for 30 years, and continues to do contract work with the VPD Force Options Training Unit. Toby is one of the founders of VPD Police Judo and is the Head Instructor for Simon Fraser University Police Judo and teaches at Odd Squad Police Judo. Toby has presented and lectured on use of force training and policing across Canada and in the United States of America, China, Switzerland and Taiwan. Toby has received commendations at the agency level, the provincial level (4 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards), the national level (two Governor General’s Awards / Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) and the international level (International Association of Chiefs of Police). Toby is the Executive Director for Odd Squad Productions, a film production charity focused on documentary film production.

Police Judo History: An Overview
We will learn how Police Judo evolved from traditional judo, and what differentiates it from sport judo. Police Judo evolved from one small club based in a police gym to 7 clubs throughout the Province of British Columbia and has trained thousands of students in physical skills well-suited for law enforcement.
VPD Experience: Integrating Police Judo Into Use of Force Training
Learn how Police Judo training has been integrated into VPD Police Force Options training to create more training opportunities from the ground up including VPD Cadet training, Pre-Recruit training, In-Service training, Firearms Supplemental training and Departmental Training Course credit.

Brian Shipper, VPD Police Judo Instructor

Brian is the Head Instructor for the VPD Police Judo Club. Brian Shipper established the unique VPD Police Judo program over 25 years ago. Brian is now the first contract Judo instructor hired by any police agency in Canada, and he oversees all the evening judo training for the VPD. He also manages VPD Police Judo training sessions for VPD Ethnic Diversity, the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma, International police university students, VPD Cadets, Ray Cam Police Athletic League Judo, Police Judo Food Drives, and more.

He has been a producer for a number of Odd Squad documentaries including Tears for April (2007), The Beat reality series (2008 – 2010), Riding with Madonna (2007), Scathed (2007), Stolen Lives (2007), Understanding Fentanyl (2018), and Gangs and Guns (2010 and 2020).

Coaching Adults for Physical Skills Training
Coaching adults in physical skills is much different than coaching youth for sport or competition. Brian has been coaching adults and running the VPD Police Judo program for over two decades. The basic tenets of how to teach adults as learned through Police Judo will be covered in this presentation.

Dr. John Cleland, Police Judo Black Belt

MD FRCSC, Kamloops Police Judo
Dr Cleland is a NCCP certified level 1 in both Karate and Judo and is certified as a dojo instructor, as well as a Police Judo black belt. Professionally Dr Cleland is a practicing Otolaryngologist in Kamloops and is Board certified in Canada and the US and has acted as medical supervisor for several Judo tournaments including, Junior Nationals Kamloops, 2001, Senior Nationals Richmond and the World Police and Fire Games. Dr Cleland has been and continues to serve as an information resource for medical and physiological information and perspective to Sensei Huntley during provision of dojo assistant and instructor courses. He is also a medical advisor for Police Judo. Since the inception of Kamloops Police Judo he has assisted Sgt. Brad Endean in instruction and serving as practice participant at regular practices, and at several of the additional bylaws officer training workshops.

Vascular Neck Restraint Panel: Time for a Change

Deb Laidler, Police Judo Coaching Advisor

Deb worked for the Vancouver Police Department for 6 years at Traffic Authority (2009-2015). She’s currently the owner of the sport coaching company, Creative Coaching (1983-present), specializing in facilitating the National Coaches Certification Program, theory of sport including mental training, periodization, nutrition, ethical behaviour, and physical training sport science. She teaches coaching on contract at the Justice Institute of BC.

Deb has worked her way through, with the Reserve Officer University Training Plan, inaugural year for Female Officer Training (1974-1979) at Univeristy of Alberta. She also has a post degree certificate in Foundations of Business Management for Women at Simon Fraser University.

Coaching Adults for Physical Skills Training

S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang, Vancouver Police Jail

S/Cst. Hsiang has been a Municipal Special Constable with the Vancouver City Police Department Jail since 2006. The VPD Jail is one of the busiest Remand jails in Canada. She is also a trainer for new Special Constables and an Assistant Force Options Instructor for the VPD Force Options Training Unit. Chin-I is the co-founder and the Head Instructor for the SFU Police Judo Junior program, the Odd Squad Police Judo Juniors, and the Odd Squad Women’s Police Judo program. She has been involved in planning the training agenda for SFU Police Judo, SFU Youth Judo Summer Camps, Police Judo Scotland Tour (2017), Taiwan and Korea (2018), Japan (2019) as well as the annual Police Judo volunteer outreach programs in the northern Baja regions of Mexico since 2016. Chin-I also coaches and manages a small group of competitive judo students from Police Judo Juniors. Chin-I is fluent in Mandarin and has a solid understanding of police training locally, but also in Asian countries. Chin-I has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from UBC, and is a member of Odd Squad Productions assisting with film production for Odd Squad as an Assistant Director.

Performance Goals: Force Options Training

Sgt. Rom Ranallo, Vancouver Police Department

Rom is a 22 year member of the Vancouver Police Department assigned to the Force Options Training Unit. Sgt. Ranallo is also the rangemaster at the Vancouver Tactical Training Centre (TTC). He has instructor certification in all use of force disciplines and is the Departmental subject matter expert in pistol, shotgun, and carbine. Rom has 17 years of experience training police officers in firearms and related tactics at the municipal, provincial, federal, and international level. He has conceptualized, developed, and facilitated dozens of firearms programs to meet specific law enforcement operational needs. Rom has a Master of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia and is a proud member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA), and the International Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (ILEFIA). Rom’s latest published article can be found in The ILEETA Journal (2020), Volume 10, Edition 4.

Coaching Adults for Firearms: Shooting Down Paradigms
Police use of ballistic force is without question the least used; most difficult to train and certify, but attracts the greatest attention from all the stakeholders. The art and science of shooting is complex and a difficult skill to develop. The reasons for this are many, but does it have to be that way? With limited training time and increased accountability, training police (adults) in firearms must evolve. There are many misconceptions when it comes to police firearms training. This presentation will expose the truth and provide a first-hand account of best-practices for coaching police officers when it comes to developing firearms skills for operational use.
The VPD Experience: Integrating Police Judo Into Use of Force Training
Learn how Police Judo training has been integrated into VPD Police Force Options training to create more training opportunities from the ground up including VPD Cadet training, Pre-Recruit training, In-Service training, Firearms Supplemental training and Departmental Training Course credit.

Sgt. John Roberts, Vancouver Police Department

VPD Force Options Training Unit
Sgt. Roberts started his career in 1993 in Provincial Corrections at the Vancouver Pretrial Jail. He was trained as a Tactical Team Leader then became the Head Instructor of new Recruit staff training. The Justice Institute of BC hired John as a full-time Instructor for the Corrections Academy in 2001. John was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2003 and has worked in Patrol, Firearms Interdiction Team, Violence Suppression Team, Public Safety Unit, School Liaison Unit, Recruiting, and Force Options. John has been a part-time force options instructor with the VPD in 2004 and in 2019 he became the Sgt. i/c of the Officer Safety Tactics Training Team for the VPD Force Options Training Unit. John has extensive experience teaching use of force training in the VPD as well as assisting in training with the BC Police Academy. John is also an instructor at the Justice Institute of BC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program.

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework
What does the use of force oversight look like, and how do we do a better job of communicating (ad educating) this to the public?
The VPD Experience: Integrating Police Judo into use of Force Training
Learn how Police Judo training has been integrated into VPD Police Force Options training to create more training opportunities from the ground up including VPD Cadet training, Pre-Recruit training, In-Service training, Firearms Supplemental training and Departmental Training Course credit.

Sgt. Brad Fawcett, Vancouver Police Department

Sgt. Fawcett is currently working as the Sgt. i/c of Research for a BC Police Agency. He is a court-recognized use-of-force and non-firearms prohibited weapons expert. He has provided opinion evidence in Coroners Inquests, civil trials, criminal trials up to and including the Supreme Court of British Columbia, labour relations hearings, and a commission of inquiry. Sgt. Fawcett has an extensive resume related to use of force. He has a working relationship with Police Services Division, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC), and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC). He has a working relationship with RCMP and has developed courses from conception through provincial approval.

Why Physical Skills: What the Research Shows
Moderator: Vascular Neck Restraint Panel
Moderator: National Use of Force Framework Panel

Cst. Aaron Olson, Vancouver Police Department

Cst. Aaron Olson has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since May 2003. The first 8 years of Cst. Olson’s career was spent in patrol. In 2009 Cst. Olson started volunteering as a part time Range Safety Officer for the Firearms Training Team. He eventually turned this dedicated interest into a full-time position within the VPD Force Options Training Unit (FOTU). In 2012 Cst. Olson took over as the Less Lethal Shotgun coordinator, and continues to lead the program today, overseeing training, certification standards, and equipment issues.

In late 2017 Cst. Olson’s primary role shifted to research and review of the Subject Behaviour Officer Response Reporting within the VPD. This new position has evolved into a supporting role for the Force Options Training Unit, within the VPD, to help drive training in the direction that is most beneficial for the members of the VPD and the city of Vancouver. Cst. Olson works closely with Sgt. Fawcett – the VPD FOTU Sgt. i/c of Research and Prof. Garth Davies of the Simon Fraser University School of Criminology to monitor trends in the application of force by VPD and assist with the development of evidence-based use of force training based on this research.

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework

Cst. Bryan Nykon, Vancouver Police Department

Force Options Instructor, Force Options Training Unit
Bryan has been with the VPD since 2011. He has worked in Patrol, Neighborhood Policing, Forensic Video, and is now working as a trainer in the VPD Force Options Training Unit. Bryan has been practicing judo for 30 years, 5 of them in Japan and one year with the national team in Montreal. Bryan is responsible for managing the daytime VPD Police Judo Training sessions and has taken a lead role in the further integration of Police Judo training within the VPD and is specializing in empty-hand control training. Bryan recently delivered four days of Police Judo Training for police in Switzerland along with Cst. Dan Pain and other Police Judo instructors. Bryan also teaches Conflict Resolution at Langara College and contributes to various film projects when time allows.

Performance Goals: Force Options Training
While sport coaches have a long history of setting seasonal performance goals for physical skills, the same cannot be said of many law enforcement agencies. How can we borrow from sport models for physical skills to set up goals, training time and plans, and what should those performance goals look like for law enforcement?

Sgt. Brad Endean, BC Sheriffs

Brad is an 18-year member of the BC Sheriff Service. Before his career as a Sheriff, he was an RCMP Auxiliary Constable. He has been involved with performing background investigations for new hires, completed the Traffic Safety Enforcement pilot project, and is a Special Provincial Constable for high-security escorts. Brad started the first Police Judo Club (Kamloops) outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia after being promoted to a Black Belt Instructor. Since that time Brad has incorporated Police Judo into training for Bylaw Officers in Kamloops, First Nations groups, as well as maintaining an ongoing Police Judo training program through the Aberdeen Judo Academy with the support of Head Instructor Sensei John Huntley.

Advanced Police Judo Techniques (by video)
Sgt. Brad Endean will demonstrate advanced Police Judo techniques for law enforcement. This is a video presentation supplement for the conference.

Hiroshi Katanishi, EU Judo Expert

Sensei Katanishi is known for his ability of breaking down Judo techniques – both throwing and grappling – to better learn the principles of action and reaction, and the efficient use of circular motion. After graduating from Tenri University (Japan), Sensei Katanishi became the trainer of France’s National judo team. A current resident of Lausanne, Switzerland, Sensei Katanishi has assumed the technical direction for the last 30 years of the Judo Kwai Lausanne. He is also a Dan Expert and Youth & Sports Expert for the Switzerland Judo Federation. He also acts as the technical advisor for the Switzerland National team. In 2003, Sensei Katanishi became the European Union judo expert. He is the most highly requested instructor in the EJU expert group and he has extensive experience in both Japanese and French judo.

Footsweeps from the Escort Grip
This will be a video presentation from one of the top international coaches in judo, Instructor Hiroshi Katanishi based out of Switzerland, with an emphasis on technique and biomechanics. Foot sweeps – a low risk/high yield technique – is well suited for law enforcement but not normally instructed from an escort position (law enforcement’s go-to grip). Moving from solo practice to partner practice, this will be covered in detail.

Yuki Yokosawa, Police Judo (former Silver Olympic Silver Medallist)

Yuki Yokosawa was the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist for Japan, the 2005 Silver Medalist for the World Championship, and a 4 times National Champion for Japan. Yuki is the Head Instructor for Women’s Police Judo as well as the instructor for the Police Judo Kids program.

Police Judo Techniques: From Dojo to the Street
Instructor Yuki Yokosawa will be providing a video demonstration of judo techniques that can easily be adapted and modified for use by law enforcement officers. The techniques are designed to keep an officer on their feet and also to safely take an individual into custody. These will be contrasted with applications of the techniques in the field.

Jeremy Le Bris

Jeremy’s coaching career began in France 2000 while he was still a competitive athlete. He coached athletes to more than 20 individual medals and numerous team medals at the French Championships and various European competitions prior to his move to Canada to work as the National Coach of the Women’s Team from 2013 – 2015. In his 2 years with Judo Canada he successfully coached athletes to numerous international medals including 3 medals at the Junior World Championships.

In 2016 Jeremy LeBris took over as Sport Development Director for Judo BC. Jeremy designed the high-performance pathway for BC Judo athletes. In 2019 he was able to have 30% of the U18 Canadian Team for the World Championships from BC, 6 BC members transferred to the National Training Centre in Montreal and at the 2019 Nationals, BC athletes went from a previous 17 medals to secure 43 medals.

Jeremy has a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from France and is a NCCP Level 4 coach.

Performance Goals: Sport Training
Taking high performance athletes who are training in physical combat martial arts skills and preparing them for the national and international level requires methodical planning for developing skills. This presentation will walk through what a season goal planning system looks like and how we can apply this learning to training police officers will be covered by Cst. Nykon and Cst. Hsiang.

Moderators

John Daly, Odd Squad President

John Daly spent 40 years as a reporter, assignment editor, newscast producer, and talk show host. He was on general assignment specializing in crime & investigations of scams, cover-ups, government & agency incompetence, and official malfeasance. John likes breaking stories, like the sudden plea bargain of one of the Surrey Six murderers, and the simultaneous (caught on camera!) takedown of notorious gangster Jamie Bacon. Daly has attended CUNY, York, and UBC, and is an active member of IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors). He’s taught interviewing techniques and investigative reporting at BCIT and UBC Continuing Education, and is frequently an invited speaker for professional organizations and conferences on the demands of the news media, and where news is headed. John is the President of the Board of Directors for Odd Squad Productions.

Ret. Sgt. Mark Steinkampf, Police Judo

Ret. Sgt. Steinkampf started his law enforcement career as a guard in a maximum-security prison in Burnaby, British Columbia. He joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1991 and recently retired after 29 years. Mark had a varied career developing different skills. He walked a foot beat as a Constable and then as a Sergeant in Vancouver’s in Downtown Eastside. Mark was a member of the Emergency Response Team (SWAT) as a Breacher and then as a member of the entry team. Mark was the commanding officer of the Vancouver Police Department’s Mounted Unit. Mark finished his career as a Use of Force instructor where his focus was the safe control of subjects using Crisis Intervention and De-escalation communication, cutting edge physical control techniques, team tactics, and intermediate tools such as a conducted energy weapon (Taser), baton, and the Vascular Neck Restraint. He was one of the founding members of Odd Squad Productions, VPD Police Judo. Mark also teaches at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program. Mark was the recipient of two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards and at the National level, he received one Governor General’s Awards (MSM) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Coordinator:
Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton

Speakers/Scheduling:
Sgt. Brad Fawcett
Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault

Tech Support/ Presentation Prep:
Cst. Brendon Frick
Cst. Fred Oldendorf
Max Wiesenger
Venoth Govinthasamy
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault – presentation format

Web/Admin/Registration:
Jane Denizmen

Social Media Campaign:
S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang
Cst. Brendon Frick

Video Components:
Brendon Frick
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault
Sgt. Brad Endean

Covid Protocols:
Deb Laidler
S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang

Moderators/Break Out Rooms:
Ret. Sgt. Mark Steinkampf
John Daly

International Presenters Liaison:
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault
Sgt. Brad Fawcett

VPD Liaison:
Sgt. John Roberts
Sgt. Rom Ranallo
Cst. Bryan Nykon

VPD Admin/Increment Records / VPD Registration:
Tara Dewingaerde

LETA Volunteer Coordinator:
Brian Shipper

OSP Facility and Studios / Craft Services:
Brian Shipper

Corporate Sponsorship:
Ret. Sgt. Mark Steinkampf
Ray Bergen

Budget / Finances:
Ray Bergen

Registration Booklet/Schedule:
Andrea Gee

Research Documents:
Sgt. Brad Fawcett

Gifting:
Tara Dewingaerde



Videos

Police Judo
Coaching use of force skills
Forensic Video and Use of Force
Hands-on Training
Understanding Police Use of Force
Understanding NUFF
Physical Skills Training
Police Judo Training
Police Use of Force

Law Enforcement Recruiting 101 – Jan 23/Feb 20/Mar 20, 2021

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Entering into the vocation of law enforcement is a competitive process that can have significant rewards. The truth is that most applicants will not be successful.

The Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) is offering the opportunity to anyone who is considering applying, or is already in the process, to receive guidance related to: resume building, disclosure documents, interviews, understanding the recruiting process, and the POPAT, SOPAT, COPAT or PARE.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to develop effective and ethical skills in control and arrest techniques prior to being hired.

There will be a lengthy opportunity for questions after the presentation.

Who this course is for?

Applicants to:
• All municipal policing agencies Tribal Police,
• RCMP,
• Federal and Provincial Corrections, CBSA,
• BC Sheriffs

Mentors

Constable (Ret.) Dave Montesano
One of Dave’s many postings during his 30-year career with the Vancouver Police Department was in the Recruiting Section. He has taken what he learned there and, since 2014, has been guiding recruits through the application process.

Constable (Ret.) Don Kirkland
Don served with both the Vancouver Police and the Canadian Military. After his retirement, he focused on fitness. He specializes in strength training and law enforcement fitness testing.

Upcoming classes:

• January 23, 2021 at 1300hrs-1530 hrs, or
• February 20, 2021 at 1300hrs-1530 hrs, or
• March 20 , 2021 at 1300hr-1530 hrs.

Fee: $49.00

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Gathering Gang Intelligence in a Correctional Setting – Jan 26, 2021

Date: January 26th, 2021
Time: 0900-1200 PST
Format: Online-Zoom
Fee: $200 per person
No private or personal emails will be accepted for registration. Please use your email address from the correctional facility where you work at. 
Send us a message through the contact form if there are any questions. 

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Topics

1. BC Gang Landscape (1hr) 

Dr. Kieron McConnell 

An overview of the history behind BC gangs and the current BC gang landscape. Discussion of key organized crime groups and their conflicts. Organized crime business and their influences locally, Nationally and abroad. 

Learning objectives 
  • knowledge of the historical significance of gangs in BC 
  • identifying and recognizing different organized crime groups and their conflicts  
  • understanding the business behind the organized crime and what drives them

2. Intelligence gathering & Interviewing (1hr)

Raj Jaswal 

An overview on intelligence gathering, interview techniques and best practices related to the intake and monitoring of institutionalized criminals and organized crime groups within the correctional system.  

Learning objectives 
  • understanding the importance of protected B and C documents in relation to FOI requests 
  • identifying and recognizing those who are vulnerable to jail recruitment 
  • understanding organized crime operations within the corrections system 
  • recognizing officer safety 
  • performing initial intake interviewing for classifications and ongoing assessments

Bios

Dr. Keiron McConnell

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Faculty of Arts
Professor of Criminology
Office-Surrey Campus

Dr. McConnell has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 30 years in a frontline capacity with the Vancouver Police. Specifically, in this work, he has worked exclusively in gang prevention, intervention and suppression for the last 15 years with a variety of police gang units. This practitioner experience combined with the pursuit of lifelong academic learning situates him for teaching and facilitating learning sessions on a variety of criminal justice-related topics and specifically gang and organized crime.

Dr. McConnell has held sessional/contract instructor status at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Douglas College, Royal Roads University, Wilfred Laurier University, the Native Education Centre and Simon Fraser University Criminology. Moreover, Dr. McConnell is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Faculty of Arts-Criminology. In addition, he is one of the Safer Schools Together GRIP (Gang Reduction through Informed Practices) facilitators.

Dr. McConnell has a master’s degree from the University of Leicester and a doctorate degree from London Metropolitan University at the John Grieve Center for Excellence in Policing. His thesis is titled, Gangs in British Columbia: Mafioso, Gangster or Thug? which included qualitative research with almost 250 hours of field observations in Chicago, Toronto, Hobbema, Los Angeles and London, England. He has continued his research with gangs in New Orleans, Edmonton, Calgary, and Detroit.

Dr. McConnell was awarded the Frederick Thrasher Award for Excellence in Gang Scholarship, Leadership and Enforcement in 2014 at the National Gang Centre in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a citizen participant on the Surrey Mayors Task Force on Gangs, is a member of both the Canadian and the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing and is on the Board of the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has published in both the Journal of Gang Research and the Journal of Police Practices.
Dr. Dianne Symonds and Dr. McConnell recently completed their book, Stop Gangs Now: Your Part, a community health perspective on reducing gangs in the community. Moreover he is the co-author of a chapter on outlaw motorcycle gangs due out in 2021.

Dr. McConnell in 2020 completed the Executive Leadership Program at Oxford University.


Constable Raj Jaswal

Constable Raj Jaswal has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 13 years in a frontline and investigative capacity as a member of the Vancouver Police. Constable Jaswal has worked exclusively in gang intervention, suppression, major projects and intelligence gathering for the last 10 years within a variety of police units including the BC integrated gang task force, the VPD gang crime unit, the VPD organized crime section & most recently with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC. Constable Jaswal has focused considerable time on enforcement and intelligence gathering within the South Asian community across the Lower Mainland, in 2014 he was recognized for his work with a VPD Deputy Chief Constables commendation for developing strategies to curb gang violence in South Vancouver.

Constable Jaswal is one of a select few Municipal police officers across Canada who is a certified instructor in criminal vehicle interdiction training that targets the travelling organized crime criminal. Constable Jaswal has spearheaded the creation of a multi-agency working group between the RCMP, CBSA and VPD that educates and trains Canadian police officers in criminal interdiction. Constable Jaswal is also a recognized instructor for the RCMP & US drug interdiction assistance program that trains and educates law enforcement officers across the United States.
Constable Jaswal has a genuine passion for combining his practical experiences with educational training. Constable Jaswal serves a guest lecturer for both the Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytech University criminology departments. Constable Jaswal’s dedication to his community has resulted in him being the recipient of community service awards from various South Asian temples within the City of Vancouver for his commitment to the communities he has worked in.


This training session is hosted by the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), Safer Schools Together, (www.saferschoolstogether.com) and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.letassociation.com).



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Fighting Auto Theft – February 4-5, 2021


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Retired Vancouver Police Detective Phil Ens will walk you through the latest in auto and marine theft techniques from shaved keys, changing VIN/ HIN to how the internet is being used to manipulate individuals and corporations alike out of their property. Det. Ens was an auto theft investigator for more than 24 years and is a court recognized expert. He has spoken across North America on this subject.

Dates and Time:February 4, 2021 between 1300-1600
February 5, 2021 between 0900-1200
(Two half-day training sessions)
Location:Online via Zoom (details will be send after registration)
Price:Individual pricing: $129
Large groups (7>) or corporate pricing: $799
Fighting auto theft is for: All auto insurance companies, auto dealers, marine dealers, fraud and insurance investigators, and all law enforcement organizations – specifically specializing in property crime, fraud, auto theft, marine, patrol, or general duties.

FIGHTING AUTO THEFT PRESENTATION TOPICS

  1. Current Auto Theft Methods
    Learn about shaved keys and ignition compromising techniques to the cloning of keyless entries and how receivers can be used to steal transponder information.
  2. Tools and Techniques
    Information about the latest on auto theft trends, investigations, prevention, GPS, RFID tracking, cameras and “Bait Property”
  3. Marine Theft
    Discuss today’s marine theft issues from boats, PWC’s and motors. Learn to locate the secondary HIN, How the re-HINing of stolen watercraft is done and how to deal with Transport Canada on their registration abilities.
  4. Auto Theft and the Internet
    Examine a case study on how criminals used the Internet to sell stolen parts from over 20 high end automobiles. Learn how the “Bait and Switch” was used to obtain these cars and how parts from six stolen cars were used to build one of the suspect’s vehicles.
  5. The Auto Wrecker Atrocity
    Walk through the investigation of a corrupt auto wrecker and how stolen and fraudulently obtained cars were being disposed of.

This training session is hosted by the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), Safer Schools Together, (www.saferschoolstogether.com) and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.letassociation.com).


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Handcuffing Seminar – Nov 2020


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Receive top-notch instruction on controlling and handcuffing individuals ranging from cooperative to combative people in a positive, encouraging, and healthy atmosphere.

• Protect yourself with legal, moral and ethical training from the experts
• Learn how to “own” suspects using the “Police Judo Method of Handcuffing”

Dates:Saturdays, Nov 7 and 14, 2020
(Two half-day training sessions)
Time:1000 hrs – 1400 hrs
Location:POLICE JUDO HEADQUARTERS
5487 Lane St., Burnaby, BC
Price:LETA members- $200
Non-LETA members- $250

This event is open to all Law Enforcement including Police, Corrections, Sheriffs, CBSA, Loss Prevention, Private Security, Policing or Criminology Students, and Police Judo Students

The Law Enforcement Training Association (Police Judo) is the basis for this unique opportunity to learn the fine art of controlling and handcuffing an arrestee safely and effectively. You will acquire the skills to take down arrestees with consideration for maintaining a “duty of care” over them.

• Training handcuffs will be supplied
• Wear comfortable workout gear
• Certificates of Attendance will be issued


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Developing Subject Matter Expertise for Criminal Investigations

Pitfalls, Strategies, and What to Expect from the Experts

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time)

This course is reserved for North American Law Enforcement Officers ONLY.

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This eight-hour course will provide a comprehensive opportunity for participating Law Enforcement Officers to further their education through current police Subject Matter Experts in the fields of Gangs, Weapons, Drugs, Use of Force, and Media relations. It will outline what information should be gathered regarding gangs, weapons, or use-of-force investigations. The learning will be enhanced by input from a sitting Provincial Court Judge and experienced Journalists. 

After each session has been delivered, there will be a 10-minute opportunity for questions from the participants.

In law enforcement, we work in a grey area but are judged in black and white. Those who judge us during post-incident review have the luxury of using hindsight, video, audio, and witness statements to determine if our actions were necessary, within policy, and legal. All we have available to us when making split second life and death decisions is what is already pre-programmed into our brains through second nature training and repetitive motion. If the information isn’t already in the brain when we need it, we won’t be able to use it. Those who sit in judgement of our actions are not experiencing the phenomenon of excited delirium, adrenaline and cortisol dumps, tunnel vision, and auditory shutdown. But we know our actions will be scrutinized when we take the job, so it is our responsibility to make sure we are mentally prepared to face life and death situations, as well as the intense scrutiny that will surely follow. It is the job of society to police the police, and it is our job to make sure our actions withstand scrutiny at the civil and criminal levels.

Attendees to this session will get an understanding of how they can mentally prepare themselves, their partners, and their families for some of the traumatic incidents and split-second decision making law enforcement officers are faced with. Mental preparedness must start on day one of the law enforcement career and continue long into the healthy and happy retirement years. Some folks say they are glad they are not in law enforcement during these troubled times. They are wrong. There has never been a better time to be in law enforcement, because it is up to us to ensure we continue to move forward through training and professionalism in order to make the most noble profession in society even better.

This 8-hour training session is organized by Safer Schools Together (www.saferschoolstogether.com), the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.policejudo.com).

General Learning Goals

The learners enhance their current understandings of the roles of a court recognized Subject Matter Expert.

At the end of this course all learners will:

  • understand the introductory steps required to become a court-recognized Subject Matter Expert
  • recognize the roles of the court-recognized Subject Matter Expert
  • recognize/understand the necessary intelligence gathering is required to conduct an effective gang, weapon, or use-of-force investigation is required to  conduct an effective gang, weapon, or use-of-force investigation
  • develop an awareness of the role of the media in relation to law enforcement
  • developing the keys to a survival mindset
  • learning to avoid the pitfalls in criminal investigations

Class level: All Law Enforcement Officers

Method of Instruction: Online using ZOOM and the interactive platform, Wooclap 


Timetable:

0700-0715 Vancouver Police Department – Sgt. Jennifer Keyes – Introductions

0715-0815 Reno Police Department – Sgt. (Ret.) Jeff Kaye – MINDSET, The Key to Survival

0815-0915 Vancouver Police Department – Sgt. Brad Fawcett –  Weapons

0915-1015 Vancouver Police Department / British Columbia Transit Police Cst. (Ret.) Doug Spencer – Gangs

1015-1115 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia – S/Sgt. Derrick Sheppard – Drugs

1115-1215  Vancouver Police Department – Sgt. (Ret.) Joel Johnston – Use of Force  

1215-1235  Lunch Break

1235-1315 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia Crime Analyst-Jill Paterson – How to effectively gather intelligence to start or further an investigation on Gangs, Drugs, Weapons, or Use of Force.

1315-1355 Provincial Court Judge – Reginald Harris – A View from the Bench

1355-1440 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia Staff Sergeant  Lindsey Houghton – Media Relations

1440-1525  Journalist John Daly (CKNW radio and Global News) and Allison Hurst (CTV News) Media professionals – How to work with the media to get the real story out

1525 The end – questions


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Speakers Biographies

Sgt. (Ret.) Jeff Kaye, Reno Police Department

Presentation Title: “MINDSET, The Key to Survival”

Jeff Kaye is a veteran law enforcement professional who served twenty-five years and retired at the rank of Detective Sergeant from the Reno, Nevada Police Department. He served fifteen years in undercover and tactical response assignments, including five years supervising a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force. Jeff was assigned to a two-year deep undercover assignment that required taking on a new identity and networking with the criminal element. It was here that he learned the importance of mindset in law enforcement, because when you’re under, you’re alone.

Since his retirement from law enforcement in 2006, Jeff has been involved in school safety, school policing, and emergency management. He is the author of six books, including the soon to be released true crime novel about a “cop turned serial killer” who was apprehended in Reno, Nevada. Jeff is considered a Subject Matter Expert in law enforcement training areas related to tactical response, stress, and liability issues. He is currently the President of the consulting company School Safety Operations Inc. and D4 Survival Training. He currently lives with his wife and family in North County San Diego, enjoying what he affectionately refers to as  the “Post-Cop Afterlife” we work our careers to achieve.


Sgt. Brad Fawcett, VPD

Presentation Title: Weapons

Sgt. Fawcett is currently working as the Sgt. i/c of Research for the VPD Force Options Training Unit. 

He is a court-recognized use-of-force and non-firearms prohibited weapons expert. He has provided opinion evidence in Coroners Inquests, civil trials, criminal trials up to an including the Supreme Court of British Columbia, labour relations hearings, and a commission of inquiry.

Sgt. Fawcett has an extensive resume related to use of force. Some of the skills he can provide are well suited to the FOTU dedicated research project. He has a familiar/working relationship with Police Services Division, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC), and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC). He has a working relationship with RCMP and has developed manuals and courses from conception through provincial approval. He has been a sessional instructor at a post-secondary institution where has instructed Ethics for a Law Enforcement Environment and was the Canadian director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers (IAET) for ten years.

Sgt. Fawcett is familiar with requirements for program to be “court defensible” and works closely with academia in validating training and course development. 


Cst. (Ret.) Doug Spencer, VPD and Transit Police

Presentation Title: Gangs

Doug Spencer has been qualified as a gang expert by courts in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.  Such courts include the British Columbia Provincial Court (for example in R. v. Y.T.H., 2001 BCPC 10) and the British Columbia Supreme Court (for example in R. v. Dhak, 2003 BCSC 595).

As a gang expert, Doug Spencer is proficient in gang activity and culture in the Lower Mainland.  Doug Spencer’s expertise was achieved over his 15 year tenure with the Gang Crime and Youth Crime Units at the Vancouver Police Department. During that that time period, Doug Spencer was also twice-seconded as an investigator to the Integrated Gang Task Force.

For a 15 year period, Doug Spencer conducted numerous checks of gang members, monitored thousands of gang members and associates on police records management systems, and handled dozens of confidential gang informants.  Doug Spencer has a comprehensive understanding of the history and evolution of gang crime groups, their recruitment methods and membership, and their hierarchy within the gang crime world. 


S/Sgt. Darin Sheppard, RCMP

Presentation Title: Drugs

Staff Sergeant Darin Sheppard is in his 24th year with the RCMP and is currently the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Unit at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in British Columbia.  S/Sgt. Sheppard has spent the majority of his service in the areas of Drugs and Organized Crime.  S/Sgt. Sheppard is a court recognized expert in a variety of drugs and has been qualified at both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court levels in British Columbia and Alberta.  S/Sgt. Sheppard has been an undercover operator for 20 years and has been a cover person for 15 years, covering on both undercover and police agent lead files.   S/Sgt. Sheppard instructs provincially, nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects, but primarily undercover operations, and drug investigations.


Sgt. (Ret.) Joel Johnston, VPD

Presentation Title: Use of Force  

Joel is a retired 28-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department (CANADA) with a background in Patrol, Foot Patrol, Crowd Control and Traffic Enforcement. He spent 20 years specializing in Force-related training & program development, and Emergency Response (ERT).  He served 9 years as Use of Force Coordinator, 5 years as operational Squad Leader of one of four fulltime ERT (SWAT) squads and 2 years as the Training Coordinator for ERT.  He was seconded to the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General as Provincial Use of Force and Municipal Emergency Response Teams (SWAT) Coordinator from 2005 – 2011. Joel began presenting at ASLET in 1993, 95, 97, 2001 and at ILEETA in 2012 and 2017. He has served on multiple National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Canadian Police Research Center (CPRC) Working Groups – including Tactical Operations, Less Lethal Weapons, Vascular Neck Restraint, Conducted Energy Weapons and Excited Delirium Syndrome. He is the Principal of Joel Johnston Consulting Inc® in Vancouver, BC, he is a private training coach, consultant and Use of Force Subject Matter Expert. He has been retained in 74 use of force cases and given testimony across Canada to all levels of Courts, Hearings, Inquests and Inquiries. Joel obtained a degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University where he was a 4-year varsity athlete and was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has a background in business and banking.

www.joeljohnston.com


Jill Paterson, Crime Analyst, CFSEU

Presentation Title: How to gather intelligence to start or further an investigation on Gangs, Drugs or Use of Force

Jill Paterson is currently a Strategic Intelligence Analyst with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) working primarily on Gangs and Organized Crime and the Provincial Tactical Enforcement Priorities (PTEP) targeting process.

Prior to this position Jill was a Special Constable with the Vancouver Police Department, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Organized Crime Section.  In her position at the VPD Jill conducted strategic analysis for the department, tactical analysis for major investigations and intelligence probes related to Organized Crime in British Columbia. Jill began her Law Enforcement career with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in the Pacific Region, the majority of those years as an Intelligence Analyst in the Intelligence & Contraband Division.  Her duties there included Strategic, Tactical and Operational analysis.

Jill was the president of the Western chapter of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) for ten years and has been the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Analytic Products by Canada’s National Intelligence agency the Criminal Intelligence Services of Canada (CISC).  Jill taught the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) and IALEIA developed Foundations of Intelligence Analysis (FIAT) course across Canada and the United States for several years.


Judge Reginald Harris, British Colombia Provincial Court Judge

Presentation Title: A View from the Bench

(coming soon…)


John L. Daly, CKNW Reporter, Global News Reporter

Presentation Title: How to work with the media to get the real story out

40 years in print, radio, and TV news as a reporter, assignment editor, & newscast producer, and talk show host. Predominantly TV News reporting.

General assignment specializing in crime & investigations of scams, cover-ups, government & agency incompetence, official malfeasance.

Man-made & natural disasters including air crashes, train crashes, forest fires, landslides, floods, earthquakes.

Live hits (sat, micro, dejero), investigative stories & series.

Reported Royal Commissions: Taser Death, In-Custody deaths, serial murders, money laundering.

As well as Supreme, Appeal, County & Provincial, Family, Federal Court cases, Security Commission hearings, inquests, prison riots, jail & prison escapes & break-outs, arsons, kidnappings, mysterious disappearances adults & children, bail hearings, commercial frauds, investment scams, phoney doctors, dentists, etc.

Uncovered police corruption, drunk judges, etc.

Familiar with news scripting, formats, software, production, equipment, lighting, sets, studio & remote broadcasting.

Retired from daily TV News, currently doing a weekly talk show for Global News/CKNW Radio.

Member of IRE: Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Some background:


Allison Hurst CTV Journalist

Presentation Title: How to work with the media to get the real story out

Allison Hurst joined CTV Vancouver in February 2013 on the assignment desk.

Instantly captivated by news, she went to BCIT the following September to complete the broadcast journalism program. During those two years Allison continued to freelance at CTV Vancouver, reported for CKNW and took a three-month internship in Belgium reporting and writing for a national TV show.

After she graduated in May 2015, Allison moved to Kitchener for a full time job at CTV Kitchener as a video journalist. She took a month leave of absence in August 2016, to go to Rio and report from the Olympic Games. Allison left Kitchener in May 2017 and came back to CTV Vancouver as a writer and reporter.

Allison has a degree from the University of British Columbia in political science and international relations. While she considers herself a Vancouverite, Allison has lived on both coasts and central Canada and is bilingual. In her spare time, Allison can be found hiking or skiing in the mountains, running along the sea wall and spending time with family and friends.

Sgt. Jennifer Keyes, VPD

Moderator 

Jennifer Keyes is a lawyer who worked as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice (now Public Prosecution Service of Canada) before joining the Vancouver Police Department in 1999. She is currently the Sergeant in charge of the Research and Policy Unit of the Planning, Research & Audit Section.

She has contributed to the welfare of the police membership through a decade of service as a Vancouver Police Union Director and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work.  As the Liaison to the VPD’s dispatch service provider, Ecomm-911, she was the Project Manager for a 7 year large scale transition to the Province’s new technology platform for emergency radio communications.

As the Legal Trainer for the VPD, she created and delivered the legal training for the inaugural Police Custodial Guards program and the Sergeants’ Selection Process Exam, receiving a Chief Constable’s Unit Citation for her efforts. She has also taught criminal law for 8 years in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia


S/Sgt Lindsey Houghton, CFSEU-BC

Presentation Title: Media Relations

A former member of the Vancouver Police Department and the Department’s spokesperson, Staff Sergeant Lindsey Houghton is now the Organized Crime Agency of BC (OCABC) Advisory NCO working within the provincial integrated gang unit, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.

The recipient of several provincial, community and policing awards, Staff Sergeant Houghton has continually sought new and innovative ways to promote positive policing initiatives, crime prevention strategies, and engage the public. This includes being the creator and architect of the CFSEU-BC’s End Gang Life (www.endganglife.ca) gang prevention, education, and awareness initiative.

His work and advocacy has resulted in End Gang Life now becoming a national call-to-action against gangs and gang violence and, in British Columbia, the creation of B.C.’s first Gang Exiting and Intervention Program within the CFSEU-BC.

Staff Sergeant Houghton oversees the CFSEU-BC’s Community & Public Affairs and Gang Exiting & Intervention teams.



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Moving Forward with Minneapolis: Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – July 23, 2020

Moving Forward with Minneapolis: Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PST
We’re repeating this event due to high demand.
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Moving Forward with Minneapolis – Online Use of Force Seminar – Positive Obligation – July 23rd 2020
Given the recent public protests and community concern regarding police use of force in both the United States as well as Canada, we are writing to advise you of an interactive training opportunity for your agency, as well as a forum to discuss solutions and changes that need to take place with regard to use of force training for law enforcement. The tragic situation with George Floyd was entirely preventable, and will likely be repeated if there are no structural changes inside police agencies, especially in the area of use of force training.
 
While media has devoted and focused much attention on the protests around Mr. Floyd’s death and racial disparity issues, there has yet to be an honest and open discussion on the role of police use of force, the state of training for use of force, the role of agency management, and how preventable this entire incident was.
Moving Forward with Minneapolis – Use of Force On Line Seminar – July 23rd 2020

This interactive panel forum on Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PST will be hosted by top police subject matter experts with international experience in training police use of force. This 4.5 hour training session is organized by Safer Schools Together (www.saferschoolstogether.com), the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.policejudo.com). Veteran news reporter John Daly is the panel moderator for each of the five guest presenters in this online seminar. Select clips from the Odd Squad/Canadian Police Association documentary “Understanding Police Use of Force” documentary (two years in the making) will be reviewed.

Using force is a multi-layered complex issue, but one that has some basic learning lessons for police agencies, that – if not heeded – will inevitably result in more of these tragic and cataclysmic incidents unfolding for police officers and the communities they interact with. This panel will attempt to provide solutions and will also highlight some of the innovative and ethical physical control training that has been developed for police. We are also striving to provide solutions for change in how agencies approach training for their officers. This is not a top-down exercise, rather a street-level, ground-up approach, partnered with research and embedded with expertise. This presentation series is an opportunity to shine a light on the problem with a reasoned discussion that is not dominated by emotive responses and superficial social media perspectives.

We hope your agency will have representatives able to join us for this innovative, first-of-a-kind interactive training seminar, where we can help collaboratively discuss the use of force issues and work toward solutions that help strengthen the foundation and renewed community support of policing.

Registration can be either by individual or law enforcement agency (group) at this link:
https://saferschoolstogether.com/tc-events/moving-forward-with-minneapolis-ethical-use-of-force-and-tactics-thursday-july-23-2020-730am-1200pm-pst/

Board of Directors, 
Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) 

Theresa Campbell, 
Safer Schools Together (SST)  

Moving Forward With Minneapolis – Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – June 17, 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PT
Given the recent public protests and community concern regarding police use of force in both the United States as well as Canada, we are writing to advise you of an interactive training opportunity for your agency, as well as a forum to discuss solutions and changes that need to take place with regard to use of force training for law enforcement. The tragic situation with George Floyd was entirely preventable, and will likely be repeated if there are no structural changes inside police agencies, especially in the area of use of force training.
 
While media has devoted and focused much attention on the protests around Mr. Floyd’s death and racial disparity issues, there has yet to be an honest and open discussion on the role of police use of force, the state of training for use of force, the role of agency management, and how preventable this entire incident was.
 
This interactive panel forum onJune 17th from 730am-1200 pm PT will be hosted by top police subject matter experts with international experience in training police use of force. This 4.5 hour training session is organized by Safer Schools Together (www.saferschoolstogether.com), the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (www.oddsquad.com), and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (www.policejudo.com). Veteran news reporter John Daly is the panel moderator for each of the five guest presenters in this online seminar. Select clips from the Odd Squad/Canadian Police Association documentary “Understanding Police Use of Force” documentary (two years in the making) will be previewed.
 
Using force is a multi-layered complex issue, but one that has some basic learning lessons for police agencies, that – if not heeded – will inevitably result in more of these tragic and cataclysmic incidents unfolding for police officers and the communities they interact with. This panel will attempt to provide solutions and will also highlight some of the innovative and ethical physical control training that has been developed for police. We are also striving to provide solutions for change in how agencies approach training for their officers. This is not a top-down exercise, rather a street-level, ground-up approach, partnered with research and embedded with expertise. This presentation series is an opportunity to shine a light on the problem with a reasoned discussion that is not dominated by emotive responses and superficial social media perspectives.
 
We hope your agency will have representatives able to join us for this innovative, first-of-a-kind interactive training seminar, where we can help collaboratively discuss the use of force issues and work toward solutions that help strengthen the foundation and renewed community support of policing.
 
Registration can be either by individual or law enforcement agency (group) at this link:
https://saferschoolstogether.com/tc-events/moving-forward-with-minneapolis-ethical-use-of-force-and-tactics-wednesday-june-17-2020/


Board of Directors, 
Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) 

Theresa Campbell, 
Safer Schools Together (SST)  
    
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